TSSA issues statement after death of TfL engineer

TSSA general secretary, Manuel Cortes, has issued the following response after the death of a Transport for London (TfL) engineer at Waterloo Underground Station in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The man, from Cambridgeshire, has not yet been named by the police but it is understood he had been working on a travelator at the station. Transport for London (TfL) said he died at the scene. British Transport Police are investigating the death, which is not believed to be suspicious.

Manuel Cortes said: “This is a tragic and deeply troubling incident. Though it’s too early to speculate about what has happened, clearly something has gone badly wrong.

“In the 21st century no one should go to work and lose their life. Safety on and around our railways is always of paramount importance and our union has for some time been concerned about Health and Safety issues in TfL.

“Health and Safety at TfL is about to undergo its second reorganisation in just two years. We have already seen deep staff cuts, many involving experienced safety professionals, and we are now on notice by TfL to expect further cuts in line with TfL’s plans to cut ‘back and middle office’ staff by 30 per cent.

“We have been clear – you can’t have major cuts and expect there not to be an impact on staff and the public, or indeed contractors.

“This incident should be a moment for TfL to reflect on its current path. Our union will continue to urge TfL to halt the proposed cuts to Health and Safety staff and review these proposals in the light of this tragedy.”

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